ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Declaring the 12-hour Capital Complex bandh called by Arunachal
Law Students Union (ALSU) on August 21 illegal, the Capital Complex administration
has clamped 144 CrPC in Capital Complex during the bandh hours.
“Any damage of private/public properties during the bandh period will be recovered
from the bandh callers,” the DA said and requested the business community to cooperate
with the authority to defy the bandh.
DRDA employees demand salary
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The employees of DRDA, West Kameng district unit have appealed
to the authority concerned to immediately release seven months pending salaries/
arrears of the employees and also to find a permanent solution for absorption of
DRDA employees in the line department before August 31, 2013.
The employees, in a meeting today, unanimously decided to support the stir launched
by its Tezu counterpart in protest against non-release of their monthly salary. It
appealed to respective DRDAs of Arunachal Pradesh to stand united and fight for
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A total of 90 students participated in an inter-class essay, drawing/painting
competitions conducted at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Itanagar yesterday by National
Students’ Union of India, Papum Pare district on the occasion of Sadbhavana Diwas.
The Birth Anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is observed as Sadbhavana
Yani Hakum of Class XII (Sc) won the first prize in In the essay competition while
Lokam Nannan and Suraj Das, both of Class XII (Hum) stood second and third respectively.
In the drawing/painting competition, Toni Lego of Class XI won the first prize and
Karling Techi and Tarin Laying, both of Class XI came second and third respectively.
‘School without teacher’
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A school without teachers can not be imagined. However, the Govt.
ME School, Tajgi of Upper Yachuli under Lower Subansiri district don’t have a single
teacher to teach the students, claimed an AAPSU team which visited the school recently.
According to them, no teacher has been posted in the school as yet despite repeated
pleas by the local people and public leaders of the area.
The panchayat leaders of the areas urged the AAPSU team to take up the matter with
the authority concerned for immediate posting of teachers in the school.
The AAPSU team strongly criticized the irresponsible attitude of the district administration,
particularly education department, for not paying attention to the demands. AAPSU
said that non-posting of teachers has affected the academic study of more than 100
students of the school.
The apex students’ body of the state has urged the higher authority of education
department to look into the matter seriously for betterment of the students.
Arunachal team to be part of national team on visit to Costa Rica
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The team from Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plants Board (APSMPB)
will be part of the 11-member national team visiting the Latin American country Costa
Rica from August 26 to 30 next.
Being organized under the South-South Cooperation component of a Global Environment
facility-GoI, UNDP project entitled ‘Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable use
of medicinal plant diversity in three Indian states’, the team from the state is
comprised of APSMPB member secretary T Gapak, research officer Dr D Yongam and Additional
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Dr Ravindra Kumar.
Apart from Arunachal, Chattisgarh and Uttarakhand are also part of the mission.
During their stay in Costa Rica, the team will visit San Jose- its Capital city-
The five day visit to the Latin American country is aimed at establishing possible
linkages with the Government, academic institutions and Private Sectors for knowledge
sharing in the area of conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity,
especially in the field of medical plants and associated traditional knowledge.
People of Kalaktang to stage dharna on Aug 22
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Consequent upon the failure of the education department to redress
the problems being faced by the Government Higher Secondary School, Kalaktang in
West Kameng district, a delegation led by the ZPM Tsering Sonam comprising the local
PRI members, All Kalaktang Students’ Union, All West Kameng Students’ Union, Tsopa
(Indigenious administrative circle council), executive members of Kalaktang and Kalaktang
Employees Welfare Associate would stage a peaceful dharna in the premise of directorate
of secondary education, Itanagar on August 22.
Earlier, ZPM Tsering Sonam on July 12 had submitted a memorandum to the director,
secondary education seeking his personal intervention for immediate posting of subject
teachers for chemistry, biology, geography and political science at Government Higher
Secondary School, Kalaktang as without subject teachers, the students have been managing
on their own for the past few years which has adversely affected their academic studies.
The director had assured of doing the needful within the first week of August but
nothing has been materialized so far, it said.
Sagalee bandh on August 23
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU) has declared a 24 hours bandh
call in its area on August 23.
The union on August 15 had submitted a 5-day ultimatum to ADC, Sagalee for immediate
arrest of culprits involved in the death of Techi Juna, who succumbed to his injuries
after a brutal attack on July 10 last. The ultimatum ends today.
We are calling the bandh as our first phase of agitation to meet up the demands,
it said in a release.
COSAAP unit contributes for fire victims
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh Nyapin
Block contributed some amounts for relief and rehabilitation of the August 11 fire
victims at Nyapin.
The CoSAAP unit handed over the collected amounts to the victims during the Independence
Staff demanded for Paya mini hydel project
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Claiming that Paya Mini Hydel was not working to its potential
due to shortage of technical staff, Anchal Samity Member of Hiya Village in Kurung
Kumey district demanded for immediate posting of staff for smooth functioning of
the hydel project.
Sensitization prog. for school teachers
CHANGLANG, Aug 20: District Health Society, Changlang organized one day sensitization
programme for teachers under School Health Programme at DIET Auditorium here yesterday.
Attending the workshop, Dr. P Dutta, DMO, Changlang explained the importance of taking
iron folic acid for improving the health of school going children. He also emphasized
on the importance of deworming of students biannually.
Dr. Tope Yomcha, DRCHO, Changlang briefed on the present global, national and state
scenario of anaemia and the importance of implementing WIFS programme through PowerPoint
presentation. He also highlighted on deworming process and informed that adolescent
girls will also be covered under this programme.
The meeting also attended by the DDSE, CDPO, DPMU staff and teachers from 12 schools
under Changlang and Khimiyang block. DIPRO
DC inaugurates skill dev. training
ROING, Aug 20: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar inaugurated a 10
days Skill Development Programme under BADP at District Industrial Centre here today.
In his inaugural speech, the Deputy Commissioner called upon the trainees to actively
participate and take full benefit of the training programme. Encouraging the trainees,
he assured to award the best trainer. He also informed that National Food Security
Mission (NFSM) is going to be implemented in the district under which new ration
cards will be issued to the BPL families.
Mama Miso, ZPM also spoke on the occasion.
Sipi Elapra, Zilla Chairperson, Rakesh Tacho, CO, A Pertin, ADTH and PRI leaders
were also present in the inaugural function.
In total 70 trainees are attending the training in tailoring, knitting and weaving.
LCWA felicitates meritorious students
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Liromoba Circle Welfare Association (LCWA) has felicitated all
the meritorious students of Class X and XII of Liromoba circle in a function at Hr.
Sec School, Liromoba on Augut 16.
Those class X students felicitated were, Rikky Romin (100%), Ayang Jilen (96%), Petum
Romin (88%) and Class XII were Bomyir Jilen, 72.2% (Hum), Pujum Kambu, 68.2 % (Hum),
Lukka Jilen 67.2 % (Sc) (Class XII).
The programme was attended by PRI members, senior citizens and students.
Liromoba bandh passes off peacfully
Meanwhile, the 12-hrs Liromoba bandh on August 15 by LCWA to register protest against
non-fulfillment of its 7-points demands, passed off peacefully.
LCWA has been demanding for immediate posting teachers at HSS Liromoba, maintenance
of Ligo-mini micro hydel, improvement of BSNL service, posting of Medical Officer,
proper implementation of mid-day meal scheme at GHSS Liromoba, regular government
staff at Liromoba, maintenance of Tai bridge BRTF road to Bege village etc.
The association has threatened to launch the second phase of the agitation in the
form of 24-hr Liromoba bandh in the last part of September, if the demands were not
Social service conducted
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: More than 300 people participated in a mass social service conducted
at Govt. Secondary School, Mengio on August 16 last.
During the daylong social service, the school building was repaired, both the boys
and girls hostels were cleaned and boundary fencings erected for both the teacher’s
quarters and the hostels.
The social service was initiated by ASM, Sakiang Panchayat.
Skill upgradation training under BADP
DIRANG, Aug 20: The 60-days skill upgradation training in weaving under Border Area
Development Programme (BADP) concluded at Oak Tassar Centre here today.
Assistant Director (Textiles & Handicrafts) Dorjee Phuntso, Assistant Director (Industries)
Gyati Kacho, Principal Industrial Training Institute R.C Dutta, Chief Manager, SBI
Lead Bank P.Romen Singh and Director for Rural Self-Employment Training Institute
(West Kameng & Tawang) Bodhan Bhuyan advised the trainees to take up schemes based
on cluster development. The officials also advised the weavers to keep the prices
of their products moderate and emphasize more on production and better marketing
strategy keeping in mind demands of the new market.
Another 15-days Training Programme in Design Development under Dirang Handloom Cluster
began here today.
Mass plantation prog
BOMDILA, Aug 20: A mass tree plantation programme was organized by the teachers and
students of Pine Dale Public school, Kakaling here today.
The students along with teachers planted hundreds of saplings in and around the newly
established religious centre, “Ridzen Choeling Lhakhang Society.
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Yamne Valley Council (YVC) has mourned the demise of Thogge
Moyong, who died due to electrocution on August 15 .
Thogge Moyong was born in July 1984 at Adi Pasi Sibuk under Mariyang circle of Upper
“His death is a great loss not only to his family but also entire society,” YVC said
in a condolence message.
While conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members, it prayed for
eternal peace of the departed soul.
Meanwhile, the council has decided to fight against the power department for giving
justice to the bereaved family. It urged the competent authorities to set up the
judicial enquiry to unearth the truth behind the reason of electrocution.
The concern department should come forward on their own to give enough compensation
to the bereaved family, it said.
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Gratitude to the helpful soul
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the persons who have extended their helping hands
at the time of grief, agony and need. I could not call up every one of them and personally
thank them for their yeomen service and I apologize for it. While tear was rolling
down from my cheek due to death of my younger brother Lt. Thogge Moyong by electrocution
at Itanagar, during the time of grief, agony and need many people came forward to
help me in bringing my younger brother to the hospital and they also assisted to
take back the dead body to the native place.
I being the elder brother of my beloved younger brother late Thogge Moyong, heartedly
extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of them. Especially I really thank members of
ABK, Adisu team and AAPSU Convener Tadar Kakum who came forward to help me in the
time of need.
Still I am crying for my beloved younger brother Lt. Thogge Moyong as it was a dream
for him to become a good citizen. Though he might have gone to the heavenly abode
but we, father, mother, sister and brother, of Lt. Thogge Moyong would pray for his
eternal peace and justice for his dead soul.
of Lt. Thogge Moyong
Water crisis in Itanagar
Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention of authority
towards shortage of water supply faced by resident of Lower C Sector Colony of Itanagar.
We all know that water is the basic needs for all living from small to giant creatures.
Without water we feel as if we are living in desert and people of C Sector are facing
similar situation for the last one month. This makes very difficult for us to stay
at home during hot and sunny days. Earlier there was water supply for at least half
an hour with very low pressure in a day. However these days water supply has got
worse as we get hardly one bucket during the day. This creates problem for students
especially those hailing from big families. As students we need to take bath every
day before school hours. Now we are confused whether one bucket of water should be
used for cooking purpose or to take bath? I behalf of lower C Sector colony would
like to appeal the concern authorities to look into the matter and fix this problem.
Koj Yammung and Yagar
Lower C sector, Itangar
Right to know
As a consumer it is our right to know about any product before we purchase: quality,
quantity, standard and price of the goods. Our ignorance and lack of self- awareness
could give the sellers a way out to make easy money by cheating the customers. Perhaps,
to my understanding this could be one among the reasons why the shopkeepers in capital
complex charged high rates for every item even beyond the MRP. Last week at Akash
Deep market when I ask the shopkeeper for a plastic table cover, to my surprise!
The price of single plastic table cover was Rs. 180 (one eighty). Initially I ask
the shopkeeper to reduce the price. I was sure the seller is fixing higher price.
But when the shopkeeper was not willing to reduce the price I ask him to pack two
table cover at Rs. 180 each. But under a condition that I need the genuine bill receipt
with his signature. The shopkeeper was not ready to issue the bill receipt. Instead
he began saying “sir thora mila ke lijiye”. I kept on insisting him to give me the
receipt. Finally, when I ask him why he was charging more than the actual price,
he replied ‘yaha toh sab dam ise chalta hai’.
Through this small incident I would like to request all the citizen of our state
to be self-aware before buying anything. Ask the related information about the product
and always seek bill with detail information. Let us become a conscious customer.
Let us not fool ourselves by paying whatever the seller asks. Seeking detail information
doesn’t mean we are arguing with someone. It is the right of every consumer to know
about the product before purchasing. No doubt, there are customers (particularly
rich people) who are ready to pay whatever the amount asks for. Such people might
feel inferior to stand in front of shopkeeper and seek related information. But they
should remember that their purchasing capacity should not be a reason of suffering
for other customer who are less capable and in real need.
Unjustified bandh call
Through the esteemed column of your daily I would like to highlight few point on
surprising demand of ALSU for your kind publication in the next issues.
ALSU is making headlines these days by demanding for cancellation of appointment
of Joint Director (Agri & Allied) in Rural Development Department, even to the extent
of calling 12 hr capital bandh call which has become a trend in Arunachal Pradesh
hampering the daily life of common people. Whereas, the department had already clarified
that, the matter is subjudice and pending in the Honble High Court and hence the
fate of the officer for continuation in the RD department or cancellation of the
order shall depend upon the outcome of the verdict of the Hon’ble Court.
Had it been any other organization than things could be other way but being a Law
Student, they should atleast know that when matter is subjudice neither Govt. nor
any organization can draw any conclusion and pass any statement on the subject, unless
they have lost faith in Hon'ble court.
If ALSU are really concerned about the illegalities there are many issues in the
state which needs their attention rather than taking up individual vested interest
and sub judice matter of Joint Director (agri and allied) . Once again I would like
to paraphrase that the matter is subjudice and let Hon’ble High Court decide the
fate of the incumbent.
Lastly , it is my humble request to press club that do not publish such an issues
in the headlines of news daily because the news reader wants to read the news items
of state importance rather than individual issues.
Dohu Tat (Kagung)
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Hoping for the best
The government of Arunachal Pradesh today launched national food security ordinance
with much fanfare. This marks an important day in the history of Arunachal and there
is hope among poor citizen that this scheme will immensely benefit them. As per the
provisions of the Ordinance, a person belonging to priority households would be entitled
to receive 5 kg of food grains per person per month at subsidised price. Supply of
rice is to be made available to the eligible persons at the subsidised rate of Rs
3 per Kg and wheat for Rs 2 per Kg.
However even the most optimistic citizen have their own apprehension regarding implementation
of the said scheme at ground level. The infamous PDS scam has badly shattered the
hope of thousands of poor citizen of the state. The Public Distribution System like
national food security ordinance was started especially to cater to the need of poor.
However gross anomalies were found in the implementation of PDS scheme by contractors
in the state leading to filing of public interest litigation in the high court. The
govt of Arunachal Pradesh had constituted a special investigation team to probe the
matter and court battle is still going on. One can only hope that national food security
ordinance does not see such days in the future.
National Food Security Ordinance launched in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: “A country cannot progress with half of its citizens going hungry
every other day. Ensuring a bowl of rice to the hungry stomach could be the best
scheme ever introduced in the country which would serve as a panacea to many ills
of our nation,” said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while launching the National Food
Security Ordinance (NFSO) 2013 commemorating the birth anniversary of former Prime
Minister Rajiv Gandhi here today.
As per the provisions of the Ordinance, a person belonging to priority households
would be entitled to receive 5 kg of food grains per person per month at subsidized
Supply of rice is to be made available to the eligible persons at the subsidized
rate of Rs 3 per kg and wheat for Rs 2 per kg.
Chief Minister Tuki said that the Centre had earmarked 66.3 per cent of rural and
51.55 per cent of urban population in the state to be covered under this ambitious
scheme of the UPA Government.
“A total of 8.71 lakh people, including 7.9 lakh rural population and 1.62 lakh urban
population will be covered, recording an increase of almost 70 per cent of beneficiaries
in comparison to 3,92,843 population under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS)
earlier purchasing rice under BPL and AAY scheme,” he said.
The population of 2011 census has been taken as the basis to calculate the percentage
of coverage under priority household.
The eligible beneficiaries will be all AAY and BPL households, all MNREGA job card
holders, all workers registered under AP Building and Other Construction Workers
Welfare Board (APBOCWWB), Arunachal Pradesh contingency employees, labours working
in public or private sector having family income of less than Rs 1 lakh per annum
from all sources, families having income less than Rs 1 lakh per annum from all sources,
widows of defence, paramilitary, police employees, who have died in operations and
The Food Security Ordinance will reach to every nook and corner of Arunachal Pradesh
in the next two months paving way for one of the biggest achievement of the UPA government
in the Centre and INC government in the state, Tuki said.
He called upon the officers of the state to ensure proper and judicious implementation
of this scheme with cent percent success rate.
The UPA Government has adopted the National Food Security Ordinance, which will ensure
that no citizen goes hungry for want of food.
Arunachalee students denied admission in Maharashtra
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: An air of uncertainty is looming over the students nominated for
Degree Engineering course as the last date of admission fixed by the Ministry of
Human Resource Development (MHRD) is August 30, and according to All India Council
for Technical Education (AICTE), the last date is August 15.
This is as per the schedule laid down by the Supreme Court in its final Judgment
dated 13th December, 2012 in CA-9048 of 2012. No student should be admitted under
any quota in any institution after the last date.
And to the dismay of the many students from the state selected for admission in various
technical colleges in Maharashtra this year, they have been given rejection letters
from the directorate of higher and technical education for seeking admission after
“We had no idea about the verdict of the Supreme Court regarding the last date for
admission. And if it had been the case, MHRD should have let us know, or atleast
the directorate of higher and technical education (DHTE), about the change in the
schedule. We are in a fix now,” said Tap Tapuk, father of a girl seeking admission
in one of the universities in Maharashtra.
“However, the college authorities have told us that the admission can be done if
the students can bring in recommendation from the MHRD for seeking admission,” he
“Or else there is no other way,” told the disappointed father.
Meanwhile, according to an official source, DTHE has been written letter to the MHRD
apprising of the situation.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Students Union Mumbai has informed that both the Lok Sabha
MPs of the state has assured of apprising the situation to the MHRD and solve the
problem at the earliest.
In a release, it further questioned the state directorate of higher and technical
education for keeping the students as well as their parents in dark.
It is their irresponsible behavior which has led to the problem. The students and
the parents have been harassed with much incomplete information. They should contact
their counterparts and clear the air of uncertainty and miscommunication, it said.
Also questioning on the dispatch of stipend for the students studying in Maharashtra,
it said that many students are not getting their stipend despite of the fact that
the stipend were released almost two months back.
It is time that the directorate of technical education gets itself a new set of officers,
it further added.
Students allege atrocity by CPRF personnel
ROING, Aug 20: Five students were allegedly beaten by CRPF personnel on the night
of August 18 when they were strolling near Eze River enjoying the breeze. The Eze
river bank is a popular spot for residents wanting to cool off themselves from summer
According to the victim’s FIR filed against the police personnel on Monday, “at around
9.30 pm, a group of CRPF personnel led by Superintendent of Police BK Singh beat
up the students with lathis and rifle butt without any preliminary inquiry.”
Reportedly all the victims have sustained injuries and bruises. Two of the victims
are reportedly said to be bed ridden due to police beating. After the beating, all
the five students were taken to Roing police station. Before being taken to police
station, the victims alleged that they were verbally abused and mocked on way. The
victims in their complaint letter have said they are law abiding citizens and were
unfortunate victim of police brutality. A strong protest against the incident was
lodged by Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary (IMCLS) Vice President Rajkumar Linggi
and All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) President Lokha Elapra who met SP Singh
at his office the next day.
Singh denied the physical assault on student and said the students were taken to
police station where they were let off after questioning. “If there is any report
of police excess, we are ready to look into it and conduct inquiry.”
He also appealed the students and community leaders to help police to check rise
of hooliganism in the town.
“Police have been receiving complaints of harassment to residents by bikers throwing
stones, beer bottles on the houses during night hours,” Singh said.
However, students enraged by the incident are planning to put up protest rally on
August 23. According to them, “Authorities are undermining our rights. Innocents
cannot be beaten up in the name of checking drunken hooligans,” said Eshomi Linggi,
President, District Students Union over phone.
CM holds video-conferencing with DCs
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this evening held his first ever video-conferencing
with all Deputy Commissioners and called for effective implementation of flagship
programmes of the state government besides tightening up the internal security apparatus
in all the districts.
The video-conferencing is a novel initiative of the Government to facilitate regular
live audience of the Chief Minister with the deputy commissioners not only to review
all ongoing projects and schemes in the districts but also to take on-the-spot review
of law and order situation from the local administrators. All the deputy commissioners
were present live from their respective offices while the Chief Minister interacted
with them in presence of the Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, Commissioner
to CM, Planning Secretary, Director Civil Supplies and host of legislators including
Nido Pavitro, R T Khunjuju, Karikho Kri and Bamang Felix.
The Video-Conference was conducted by National Informatics Centre, Arunachal Pradesh
State and District Units under the supervision of Video Conferencing division and
Satcom Division, NIC Hqrs, New Delhi.
Addressing the deputy commissioners, Tuki stressed on the target of creating one
lakh job opportunities in the 12th Five Year plan while asserting that this year
the target is to create at least 25000 employment avenues in both private and public
sectors including self-employment. He said that at least one person should be gainfully
employed from each family and the onus was on the deputy commissioners to recommend
Informing of the Job Mela scheduled to be held at I G Park, Itanagar, on 30 and 31
August next, Tuki urged the deputy commissioners to mobilize unemployed youths in
their respective districts to participate in it.
He also informed that the state government had earlier on the day launched the ambitious
National Food Security Ordinance 2013 in the state and called upon the deputy commissioners
to implement it in letter and spirit for the benefit of the poor.
“It is an extremely important scheme particularly for our state as in many remote
areas people do not get enough food supplies at subsidized rates. Therefore, implementation
of the scheme in the state is to be done in a systematic and time bound manner,”
While congratulating all for the stupendous revenue collection last year, the Chief
Minister stressed on increasing it to double this year. Calling on the district administrators
to contribute in revenue collection from their respective ends, he said that districts
performing better in this field will be suitably rewarded by the state government.
Talking on the issue of land allotment, the Chief Minister called to ensure that
land with state and central government departments be allotted to them with proper
demarcation and compound wall. He also urged speedy processing of land acquisition
for important projects like highways, district roads and defence purposes in a time
The Chief Minister expressed concern over the recent cases of jailbreaks and cautioned
against recurrence of such incidents. He also called for expediting trials of heinous
crimes such as rapes and murders.
Other issues taken up by the Chief Minister with the deputy commissioners were construction
of district and mini-secretariats and disaster preparedness in the districts.
AAPSU intervenes for sake of student community
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) headed
by its convenor Tadar Kakum and finance secretary Suraj Tayem today visited govt.
higher secondary school, Polo colony, Naharlagun. In the process they managed to
resolve the brewing problem between student community and school administration.
Resolving the differences, AAPSU convener Kakum urged student community to focus
in their studies rather than indulging themselves in dharna culture as they are the
future pillar of the state. AAPSU being the apex student's organization of the state
has always been fighting for the cause of indigenous people in general and for students
in particular, he said. AAPSU requested indigenous people of the state to repose
faith on it.
On the occasion, Kakum also appealed to the various student leaders not to mislead
students of higher secondary level as they have vast future ahead of them. AAPSU
team, after visiting school premises promised to facilitate electric fans in all
classrooms of the school.
Lt Gen Anil Ahuja takes over as new GOC of Gajraj Corps
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Lt Gen Anil Ahuja, AVSM, SM, VSM**, took over as the General Officer
Commanding (GOC) of Gajraj Corps of the Army from Lt Gen CA Krishnan, AVSM at a ceremony
held here today.
Lt. Gen. Anil Ahuja is alumni of Higher Command Course and graduate of the premier
National Defence College and prior to taking over the Command of the Gajraj Corps,
he was the Additional Director General Military Operations at the Army Headquarters.
He has previously commanded a Sector of Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu & Kashmir and
a Mountain Division in the North East.
He has the expertise and is well versed with the defence and security nuances of
Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. He has the distinction of having been awarded Ati Vishist
Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishist Seva Medal and bar for distinguished military
service of a very high order.
On the eve of taking over Command, he reiterated Army’s commitment to maintaining
sanctity of our borders and contributing towards maintaining a secure internal environment.
Lt Gen Krishnan after a successful and fruitful tenure is now proceeding to Integrated
Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army) for his new assignment. He conveyed his
appreciation and gratitude to the people and Governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
for their whole hearted support and cooperation during his tenure as the GOC of the
Govt. to take action against absentee employees
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Taking strong exception to the Bandh Call by Arunachal Law Students
Association on August 21, Chief Secretary Hari Krishna has today issued strict orders
to all the Government employees of the state, particularly of the capital city to
invariably attend the office without fail on August 21.
The Chief Secretary while condemning the Bandh Call and terming it illegal, said
that the Government employees must discourage such bandh calls and the bandh callers
in order to ensure that the administration and the development of the state is not
All employees of the State Government have been asked to compulsorily attend their
duties failing which appropriate action would be initiated by the Government.
NCP urges chief minister, chief secretary to intervene
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Stating that there is already a Cabinet decision issued in 2012
wherein all DCs and ADCs have been instructed to regularize all unauthorized occupation
by Govt. Department and private individuals for purpose of revenue augmentation,
the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh unit in a release said that
the sudden decision by another arm of the Govt., namely the Estate officials to evict
the allotees on ‘pick and choose basis’ is extremely unfortunate and unbecoming of
the so called people first Govt.
“It is beyond doubt that the left arm of the Govt. does not know what the right
arm is doing. While the land allotting authorities represented by the office of the
Deputy Commissioner and Director of Land Records have issued land allotment papers
after due verification and cross checking the another wing of the Govt. represented
by Urban Development and Estate Officials are busy questioning the very policies
and acts of the land allotting authorities by issuing eviction notices and dismantling
structures,” said NCP state President Kahfa Bengia,in a release. He urged the Chief
Minister, Parliamentary Secretary (Land Records) and the Chief Secretary to immediately
intervene and stop the mess.
Bengia urged the Govt. to book the officials responsible for violation of the already
laid down Govt. directives for regularizing the unauthorized occupations and forcefully
evicting and jailing few soft targets. According to Bengia, the worst encroachers
are the Govt. departments which do not have land allotment orders and do not contribute
a single penny to State exchequer whereas the so called encroachers do pay and are
willing to pay annual land revenue.
SUWAAP appeals CM for proper surrender policy
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: The Surrendered Underground Welfare Association of Arunachal Pradesh
(SUWAAP) has written to chief minister to accommodate all sections of youth, who
were formerly active members in armed organizations and since then have now surrendered
before the Government/Administration and Security agencies.
In a press release, the association, which is under process to register with Societies
Registration Act as per provision has appealed to the government to have appropriate
surrender policy to ensure that those surrendered youths are being taken proper care.
“It is a known fact that the Government of India has already implemented certain
plans and policies for the surrendered youths to bring them into national mainstream
but here in our case it is yet to be exercised,” the association stated.
In the memorandum they demanded that all the surrendered youth should be given preference
in recruitment in defense/paramilitary forces subject to age bar and physical fitness
and other basic criteria, some quota should be reserved for them in the recruitment
for APP/APPBn/IRBn, they be employed as Industrial Security Force within the state
and be recruited as Security Guards in the government undertaking banks or private
banks, like SBI, Rural bank, Axis Bank, Punjab Bank, etc operating in the state.
The association has urged the chief minister to consider above proposals in their
future cabinet meeting.
KKSU’s educational tour begins
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU)’s five days educational cum
health and hygiene awareness tour began at Govt. Sec. School Darak, West Siang yesterday
amidst large gathering of students and public of Darak area.
The launching programme was chaired by advocate and former President of KKSU Marlo
Romin and attended by Kiryi Potom, a Ph.D scholar and university students as resource
persons. A literary competition and general interaction programme with the students
and public were held on the occasion.
Later, a meeting was held between KKSU and the teaching staff of Sec. School Darak
headed by the headmaster.
The union appealed to the school headmaster to ensure proper implementation of provisions
under RTE Act, mid-day meal scheme, supply of school uniform under SSA and conduct
of teacher-parent meeting.
T Panyang, headmaster has expressed strong resentment over teachers’ absenteeism.
Earlier, KKSU president and the general secretary highlighted the aims and objectives
of the awareness tour and appealed to all sections of the society to cooperate with
the teaching community.
The resource persons spoke in length about proper sanitation practice, health and
hygiene, information technology and its negative impact and need of quality education
They advised the young students to be attentive in their classes and work hard to
achieve the desired goal in life. They also advised the teachers to live up to society’s
The KKSU team also visited Govt. Middle school Keak and held meeting with the teaching
staff, PRI members, public and students of Keak area.
N Pandey, teacher, briefed about various problems of the school.
The KKSU team appreciated the 6th Bihar Regiment for the renovation of Keak School
and requested the authority concerned to provide separate toilet for boys and girls
in the school.
The KKSU team will tour Tirbin, Liromoba and Yomcha during its five day programme.
Meanwhile, KKSU strongly supported the Liromoba Circle Welfare Association’s 7-point
demands submitted to the Chief Secretary and demanded for early fulfilment of the
The programme is sponsored by Minba Raksap, ASM, Poyom-Raksap, Darak.
ZIRO, Aug 20: Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Tanga Byaling inaugurated
the two-day sensitization-cum-training program on national flagship programs, like
MGNREGA, IAY, RSBY and PMGSY for the newly elected Panchayat members of Lower Subansiri
district today at Abotani hall, Hapoli today.
He sought proper cooperation between concern department and the PRI members for proper
implementation of the National Flagship programs.
He informed the PRI members that the devolution of powers to the Panchayat Raj institutes
will be done in phased manner.
He appealed to all the authorities entrusted for the implementation of the flagship
programs to be sincere and dedicated to the cause. Regarding implementation of National
Food Security Mission Ordinance, he called upon the elected members to sincerely
help the department concerned in selecting the right beneficiaries.
Speaking on the occasion Parliamentary Secretary (UD and Land management) Padi Richo
emphasized on systematic implementation of all those flagship programs and maintaining
transparency and spot inspection of schemes by the elected members to ensure qualit
and better implementation.
In his keynote address Secretary RD/PR BR Babu highlighted the aims and objectives
of sensitization-cum-training programs.
Chief Engineer Takar Mara also spoke on the occasion.
The training will cover the role of panchayats in implementing NRLM, IAY, PMGSY ,
NRLM, NRHM and MGNERGA.
Director Panchayai Raj, Director SIRD, Director Rural Development, JT. Director RE
and Hods of the district also attended the meeting. DIPRO
CM assures all help for success of army recruitment rally
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Col. M K Gupta from Army Recruitment Office, Jorhat, called on
the state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his Niti Vihar Bungalow office today afternoon
to invite him to flag off the Army recruitment rally of Arunachal youths at Aalo
on September 2 next.
The Colonel briefed the chief minister about the Army recruitment rallies being organized
in the state from time to time while giving a specific reference to the recruitment
rally being organized at Aalo on September 2 next.
“We are expecting a huge participation of local tribal youths, who have passed Class
VIII and above from the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the rally,” Col. Gupta said.
He informed Tuki that the whole process of the Army recruitment which starts on September
2 at Aalo will include medical examination, physical test with common entrance examination.
Separate dates have been allotted district wise to ensure smooth conduct of the recruitment
rally. The 2nd September has been allotted to candidates from Lohit, Anjaw, Lower
Dibang Valley, Upper Siang, West Siang and East Siang, 3rd September to Upper Subansiri,
Lower Subansiri, Papumpare, Tawang, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, while on 4th September
candidates from Tirap, Longding and Changlang shall be entertained for the rally,
While being asked about the eligibility for the rally by the CM, the Colonel revealed
that those candidates who have attained the age of 17 and half years and not more
than 21 years with education qualification of Class eight pass for tribals and class
ten pass for non tribals will be eligible for the Recruitment Rally. Gupta also disclosed
that the candidates should be unmarried with height of at least 160 cms, weight 48
Kgs and chest of 77 Cms with expansion upto five cms. Gupta further informed that
the candidates need to bring along the original documents like PRC, birth certificate,
Caste certificate, character certificate, unmarried certificate and educational qualification
to the rally.
Colonel Gupta also highlighted on the attractive pay and perks being offered to soldiers
which no other services provides.
A visibly happy Tuki advised the Army to conduct recruitment rallies in regular intervals
and in every district headquarters in order to facilitate the local youths to join
the India Army.
“Our youths are born patriot and physically fit for tough terrains like Arunachal
Pradesh. They can be used for national defence in the border areas and I can assure
that they will be second to none when it comes to defend the nation’s territorial
integrity and freedom,” the Chief Minister asserted.
Tuki assured all possible support from the state government’s end to ensure that
the Army recruitment rally at Aalo is participated by maximum youths from the state.
Parl. Secy. urges ZPMs to act as torch-bearers
KHONSA, Aug 20: The newly elected ZPMs of Tirap district vowed to work for the welfare
of the people of Tirap district at a get-together programme held at here on August
While interacting with ZPC Chawang Lowang and the ZPMs, the Parliamentary Secretary
for DoTCL Yumsem Matey advised them to work in close co-ordination with the elected
leaders of the district and the village elders to ensure a balanced development in
Earlier, the ZPC and the ZPMs were introduced to the huge gathering, who had come
to attend the get-together programme hosted by the ZPC and ZPMs of the district.
It may be mentioned here that there are 7 ZPM segments in Tirap district. Two seats,
namely Khele-Lamsa and Lazu were reserved for women candidates.
The famous musical band [Symphny Branch] from Dibrugarh entertained the huge gathering.
HoDs, public leaders and women representatives from NGOs and SHGs attended the programme.
NIT organizes painting competition
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: In a noble initiative to encourage and motivate the students,
National Institute of Technology (NIT) Arunachal Pradesh has conducted a painting
competition on theme “Future India in your Eye” to commemorate its foundation day
on August 18.
Neha Tripathi, Anooshmita Das, Rishav Roshan and Sourav Kumar were awarded cash prizes
for their best sketches.
Meanwhile, NSS unit of the institute under the guidance of Jorjo Jamoh, ASO organized
a mass plantation and cleanliness drive in and around Yupia town.
NIT AP Director Professor CT Bhunia also actively participated in the cleanliness
drive along with students, faculty and the employees.
APCC observes Sadbhavana Diwas
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) observed the 69th Birth
Anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi as Sadbhavana Diwas at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and other rank and file of the Congress party paid floral
tribute to the decorated statue of Rajiv Gandhi on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Tuki recalled the contributions of Rajiv in the field of
development of the country and said, “Rajivji stood for world peace and worked for
the welfare of the society with determination.”
He exhorted the party cadres and workers to work for the welfare of the underprivileged
and downtrodden. He also urged the youths to follow the footsteps of Rajivji, who
was a visionary leader of the country, and draw inspiration from his life to work
for the greater cause of the nation.
While talking of the newly launched food security ordinance, he called upon all the
party workers to monitor the implementation the scheme in their respective areas.
Among others, vice president APCC Takar Marde, APMCC president Yari Dulom also spoke
on the occasion.
DIPRO adds from Pasighat: Sadbhavana Diwas was also observed at Pasighat.
On the occasion, the staff of the Deputy Commissioner’s office took Sadbhavana pledge
in presence of Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava.
Coordination meeting adopts several resolutions
KOLORIANG, Aug 20: A coordination meeting among the PRI members and staff of Damin
circle was held at Damin under the chairmanship of Lokam Baba, Anchal Chairperson
of Damin on August 16.
The meeting attended by ZPM Damin Lokam Pabi, all the PRI functionaries, Lokam Dominic,
MO, Damin, Joram Robi, ADO and staff of Damin circle adopted several resolutions,
which included, among others, streamlining of PDS, ban on fishing by using explosives,
stern action against absentee Govt staff etc.
“Whole process of distribution of various items under PDS would be monitored by the
circle officer, ZPM and Anchal Chairperson. However, respective ASM should ensure
that their group gets the allotted quantity of rice regularly,” the meeting resolved.
While taking serious view of using explosives for fishing purpose, the meeting unanimously
decided to impose hefty fine on violators.
“Regarding complaints lodged by the public that their private jungle land is being
trespassed by other person for hunting purposes and collection of forest products,
the meeting further decided to levy fine as per provisions under the codified customary
laws 2004 of Kurung Kumey.
The meeting also decided to initiate appropriate action against absentee staff.
Considering the irregular food supply in the Damin circle, especially due to geographical
hardship, it was decided that after fulfilling necessity of govt. employee and school
hostels, the surplus food items will be distributed equally amongst the public. DIPRO
2nd Tamulang Taloh Memorial Volleyball Running Trophy Tournament begins
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: Moying Volleyball Club beat Gangging Volleyball Club in the inaugural
match of the 2nd Tamulang Taloh Memorial Volleyball Running Trophy at Solung-Mopin
Ground here today.
Moying Volleyball Club beat Gangging Volleyball Club in two straight sets 25-10,
25-18. P Tali of the winning team was named player of the match.
The second match was held between ABK VI and Ngarbo Volleyball Club in which the
former defeaed the latter by 2-1 sets (25-20, 19-25, 25-13).
Abuk Tali of ABK was chosen player of the match.
Earlier, Yupia RFO Tapu Pangu, while inaugurating the tournament, asked the participants
to maintain discipline during the tournament and play the sports with true sportsmanship
The life history of late Taloh and his contributions towards Solung and Etor Festivals
celebration were briefed by Oni Taloh, daughter-in-law of late Taloh.
SFCCI-2013 President Dr Asham Borang and General Secretary Hanggung Yaying also spoke
on the occassion.
Altogether, eight teams are participating in the tournament and the final match will
be played on August 27. The tournament is organized by the SFCCI-2013.
Akshay Urja Diwas observed
ITANAGAR, Aug 20: A slew of programmes including Prabhat Phery, cultural shows and
advocacy on maximum use of renewable energy marked the Akshay Urja Diwas (Renewable
Energy Day) here today to commemorate 69th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister
late Rajiv Gandhi.
The Day is observed in a bid to promote new and renewable sources of energy for a
better tomorrow. Use of these sources will help getting rid of the ill-effects of
Global Warming and with India receiving more than 5000 Trillion Kwh of solar radiation
annually this is more than our total annual requirement of the energy if we can tap.
As part of the programme organized by the APEDA (Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development
Agency), the staff of APEDA and the students of Holy Cross and Guardian Angel schools
took out a morning procession underlining the significance on the use of renewable
Addressing the main function at Siddhartha Hall here, SK Saksena, Secretary Power
& NRE called for making maximum use of renewable energy in our day to day life.
While remembering Rajiv Gandhi, the chief guest highlighted the contributions made
by the former PM towards Science & Technology including his efforts in promoting
Dr Tejum Padu, Jt Director, Higher & Technical Education, in his speech, remembered
his meeting with Rajiv Gandhi as a student in Delhi. The guest of honour emphasized
on conserving energy, using renewable energy and keeping the surroundings clean by
proper garbage disposal.
Later, the winners of various contests were distributed prizes by the chief guest
and guest of honour.
Earlier, drawing and essay writing competitions were conducted as part of the Akshay
Urja Diwas celebration.
The dance presentations by the students of Guardian Angel School and Holy Cross School,
Itanagar were the added attraction of the day.